The class-struggle road for workers to win political power

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018
Truckers sign up by the hundreds for Teamsters union during over-the-road organizing campaign, June 1937. “As significant forces are set into motion,” writes Socialist Workers Party and union leader Farrell Dobbs, “increasingly sharp clashes with the bosses result, during which the workers begin to shed class-collaborationist illusions and acquire class-struggle concepts.”

Below is an excerpt from the “Afterword” to the new, enhanced edition of  Teamster Bureaucracy, the last of four books by Farrell Dobbs on how Socialist Workers Party members and other militant workers engaged in a series of strike battles…

‘Militant’ challenges ongoing prison censorship in Florida

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018

Prison authorities in Florida keep trying to stop inmates there from reading the Militant, “forgetting” to inform the paper, effectively denying it the right to challenge the censorship in defiance of their own rules. In the latest of a series…

ILWU fighter Byron Jacobs killed on job in Washington

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018
In 2011-2012 International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 waged a hardfought successful fight against EGT Development’s union-busting attempt at the Port of Longview. Byron Jacobs, a leader of the fight, was beaten by cops during a peaceful protest Sept. 7, 2011. Jacobs, 34, was killed on the job June 28.

Byron Jacobs, 34, a member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21, was killed at work June 28 at the Port of Longview in Washington state when a vessel line on the ship he was loading snapped, resulting in…

SWP conference: Workers respond to shifts shaking world capitalist ‘order’

Part 2
Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018
SWP National Secretary Jack Barnes, at podium, told conference that recent steps by Washington in Korea and Middle East, regardless of rulers’ aims, can help open space for workers to organize and gain combat experience against their own capitalist ruling classes.

This is the second of two articles on discussions and decisions at the Socialist Workers Party-sponsored Active Workers Conference, held June 14-16 in Oberlin, Ohio, and post-conference meeting of the party’s National Committee. Last week’s article described how teachers’ strikes…

Protests win support in fight to jail cop who killed Antwon Rose

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018
Protests in Pittsburgh area have won broad support in working class to fight to convict Michael Rosfeld, cop who killed Antwon Rose. Above, truckers say, “Killing has got to stop!”

PITTSBURGH — Protests demanding justice in the East Pittsburgh cop killing of 17-year-old Antwon Rose continue throughout the area. They are pressing for the conviction for murder of Michael Rosfeld who shot Rose three times in the back after a…

Build fight to win amnesty for immigrants across the US

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018

NEW YORK — Opposition by working people to recent factory raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows that the fight to win amnesty for 11 million undocumented workers in the U.S. can gain broader support than ever. It’s a demand…

July 15 meeting to celebrate political life of Wendy Lyons

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles branch of the Socialist Workers Party will host a meeting July 15th to celebrate the 55-year political life in the party of Wendy Lyons. Lyons, 73, died on June 16 after a long battle…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018

July 12, 1993 The thousands of supporters of abortion rights now preparing for battle with Operation Rescue in Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, and other states are setting an example that should be emulated by working people everywhere. Operation Rescue is targeting…

2018 Active Workers Conference: Build labor movement, build SWP

Part 1
Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

OBERLIN, Ohio — “Deeper into the Working Class, Act on the Rulers’ Deepening Political Crisis, Build the Labor Movement, Build the Socialist Workers Party” read the large banner hanging over the stage at the 2018 Active Workers Conference. The annual…